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Dual Diagnosis: How is Addiction Treatment Impacted by Co-Occurring Disorders?

Symptoms of addiction often mimic those of a number of other mental health issues. Willingway's medical experts in addiction have been convinced by years of experience that a full medical detoxification is necessary before making a true assessment and diagnosis.

Because of Willingway's sophisticated medical facilities, we are able to accept patients with co-occurring disorders, including complicated medical problems and psychiatric issues with chemical dependencies. This approach enables us to medically detox our patients in order to fully assess their condition after they are completely chemical free.

With denial as a predominate characteristic of those addicted to alcohol or drugs, medical and psychological histories presented to healthcare providers are often inaccurate. This pattern can lend itself to mis-diagnosis. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “We know but few instances where we have given…doctors a fair break. We have seldom told them the whole truth…”

Willingway Hospital addresses the occurrence of dual diagnosis by assessing the alcohol and drug history, mental health diagnosis, and family of origin heredity/history. During the intensive inpatient program, the focus is to help patients establish a true mental health and chemical free baseline. This approach allows patients and clinical staff the opportunity to more accurately partner with one another in understanding their mental health and substance abuse issues.

Treatment and continuing care recommendations are based solely on providing patients with the best possible chances for solid recovery from alcohol & drug addiction while maintaining the best possible mental health stability.

Willingway’s Medical Director is an ASAM certified psychiatrist with extensive experience in assessing co-occurring disorders and addiction treatment. For complex cases, Willingway's alcohol and drug addiction treatment center is the place to choose.